Location choices of face-to-face interactions in academic buildings: an experience sampling approach

Minou Weijs - Perrée (Corresponding author), Lorell C.M. Bück, Rianne Appel - Meulenbroek, Theo Arentze

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Although it is recognised that face-to-face interactions are important for sharing interests and (new) knowledge, it remains unknown how and where students and university employees interact in academic buildings. Therefore, the aim of this study is to analyse the location choice for face-to-face interactions in an academic building, including several personal- and interaction characteristics. An Experience Sampling Method (ESM) was used to collect data on 643 face-to-face interactions during two weeks in the Flux building at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. In general, students more often interacted in meeting rooms than teaching staff, and support staff interacted less in eat/drink areas and the hallways than other users. Unexpectedly, some of the lectures took place outside of traditional project-/lecture space. Real estate managers of university campuses could use these results to create better interactive work environments that stimulate face-to-face interactions among employees and students of different departments. Practitioner Summary: Based on longitudinal data of ftf interactions among students and employees in an academic building, results showed that ftf interaction characteristics, compared to personal characteristics, are most important for explaining the location choice of interactions. These insights could help to design academic work environments that optimise the support of interactions. Abbreviation: ABO: activity-based office; ANOVA: analyses of variance; ESM: experience sampling method; FTF: face-to-face; HR: human resources; MMNL: mixed multinomial logit model; NewWoW: new ways of working.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1499-1514
TijdschriftErgonomics
Volume62
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 9 sep 2019

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choice of location
building
Personnel
Students
Sampling
interaction
Analysis of Variance
experience
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
employee
Netherlands
work environment
Teaching
Managers
Logistic Models
Fluxes
student
Technology
Ecological Momentary Assessment
university

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